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WaterBrook Multnomah reworks brand identity Print Email
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 14 March 2016 11:24 AM America/New_York

WaterBrookMultnomah-2016-webWaterBrook and Multnomah, imprints of Crown at Penguin Random House LLC, are taking steps to update their brand identities. The imprints are no longer presented as the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group but are now being developed into two distinct imprint identities. Following a shift in company strategy, each imprint will now serve unique audiences within the church and publish in specific categories. WaterBrook Press will be called WaterBrook, and Multnomah Books will be referred to as Multnomah. 

The imprints also have relaunched their website with a mobile-friendly format, simplified navigation and fresh design. The updated look and enhanced content at will allow visitors to more easily interact with WaterBrook and Multnomah online and discover comprehensive information on each book title, including links to purchase from a variety of Christian and general market retailers.

Ave Maria Press editorial director to retire Print Email
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 14 March 2016 10:24 AM America/New_York

RobertHammaAve Maria Press Editorial Director Robert Hamma plans to retire in July. For 25 years, he has served Ave Maria, and prior to that, he was an editor at Paulist Press.

Hamma learned the publishing business at Paulist, where he acquired and edited books, worked with RENEW and developed resources for RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) and college-level theology. In 1991, Frank Cunningham hired him as a book editor at Ave and editor of Spiritual Book Associates Book Club. In that role, Hamma also served as editor of Spiritual Book News. He was promoted to editorial director in 1996. 

Mardel to open new Kansas store Print Email
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Thursday, 10 March 2016 02:21 PM America/New_York

mardel-logoMardel is opening a new store at Greenwich Place, a 106-acre development in Wichita, Kansas. 

The new, 25,000-square-foot Mardel location is now under construction.

"Barring any delays, we hope to open in the fall of 2016," said Bob Miller, communications coordinator with the chain, which has more than 30 locations in seven states.

Greenwich Place also will have a Bed Bath and Beyond, DSW Shoes, World Market and BuyBuy Baby, according to the Wichita Eagle.

Mardel has one other store in the state in Overland Park.

NRF: St. Patrick’s Day gives retailers a sales boost Print Email
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Thursday, 10 March 2016 11:20 AM America/New_York

NRF-logoMore than 125 million Americans plan to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, according to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) annual St. Patrick’s Day Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insight and Analytics. Consumers are expected to spend an average of $35.37 per person, down slightly from last year’s $36.52. Total spending for the March 17 holiday is expected to reach $4.4 billion based on U.S. population 18 and older.

Fans of St. Patrick’s Day plan to celebrate in a number of ways. According to the survey, 82.1 percent will wear green to show their Irish pride, 31.3 percent plan to make a special dinner, 28.7 percent will head to a party at a bar or restaurant and 21.1 percent will attend a private party. In addition, 22.8 percent plan to decorate their homes or offices in an Irish theme.

Lion Hudson director retires Print Email
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Thursday, 10 March 2016 11:05 AM America/New_York

logo lion hudsonNick Jones, managing director of Lion Hudson PLC in Oxford, U.K., announced he will retire June 6 after 35 years working in the publishing industry. After March 31, Jones will step down from his day-to-day role as managing director and become managing director emeritus until his retirement June 6. Deputy Managing Director Suzanne Wilson-Higgins will become Lion Hudson’s new managing director of April 1, working closely with Jones over the next couple of months until his retirement date.

Jones has been managing director of Lion Hudson for the last three years. Prior to this, he was managing director of Angus Hudson Ltd. and became deputy managing director of Lion Hudson when Lion Publishing PLC and Angus Hudson merged in 2003.

Advantage acquires Shelton Interactive Print Email
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Thursday, 10 March 2016 10:50 AM America/New_York

advantage-media-groupBusiness book publisher Advantage Media Group has acquired Austin, Texas-based Shelton Interactive to enhance its PR, content and digital marketing offerings.

Advantage has become one of the largest business book publishers in America in just 10 years. The new Austin office, spearheaded by the former Shelton Interactive team, is the first step in expansion.

Humble Beast Christian rap label announces partnerships Print Email
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Thursday, 10 March 2016 10:30 AM America/New_York

humble-beast-logoChristian rap label Humble Beast announced a new distribution arrangement with Fair Trade Services and booking for Humble Beast's entire roster by Current Talent Agency. 

The Portland-based label believes in "radical generosity" and gives away all of its music for free. Humble Beast is home to Propaganda, Beautiful Eulogy, Jackie Hill-Perry and JGivens.

Brazos Press signs Karen Swallow Prior Print Email
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Thursday, 10 March 2016 10:12 AM America/New_York

brazos-press-logoBrazos Press, a division of Baker Publishing Group, announced Wednesday that they have signed a one-book contract with Karen Swallow Prior. Releasing in early 2018, Prior’s book will model the exercise of virtue through the reading of classic works of literature.

Prior is a professor of English at Liberty University and earned her Ph.D. and M.A. at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Prior received the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013, was named Faculty of the Year by the Multicultural Enrichment Center in 2010 and was the 2003 recipient of the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence.